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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Monday, 27 January 2014

I finished my Jana vest...






I finished my Jana vest and it turned out just how I wanted it, long and slightly loose.  It is perfect for the smart/casual dress code at work and could even be dressed down further with jeans.  My photos are dreadful and don't do it justice.  Today was wet and gloomy, so outdoor photographs weren't possible.  

The yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton in navy blue.  The first photo makes it look like 2 shades of blue, but it really is just one shade.  It was a lovely yarn to knit with and well worth the extra expense.


I'm really pleased that I knitted the cable pattern on the back as well.  It is a very interesting detail.  I'm already planning to knit more of these.  This one took only about 6 weeks which included Christmas festivities and a few days spent on sorting out computer problems.  

I recommend the pattern.
It was well written and had absolutely no errors.  All that was required was total concentration especially when knitting the cables which consisted of a 32 row repeat.  

The link to the pattern is on Ravelry but the only way to obtain it is to buy a book. However,  there are many other lovely patterns in the book which I know I will eventually knit.  I will definitely knit another Jana vest.  I work in a warm but draughty building and this is perfect over a blouse.


16 comments:

  1. It looks lovely, Una, I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing it. It's nice to knit something for yourself once in a while, isn't it?

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    1. 2014 will see me knitting quite a few jumpers for myself. My wardrobe collection of knitwear is starting to look dire.

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  2. I am so glad you have finished it. It links really lovely and that cable detail on the back makes it extra special.

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  3. That's really nice, Una! The cabling is very beautiful. I call that serious knitting, as opposed to us shawl-makers out here - haha :) I'd be so scared of knitting a real garment, but that drapes very well. Good job!

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    1. Well I have never knitted a shawl, but hope to do so later this year.

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  4. Wow, that is a beautiful cable pattern ... and your vest looks lovely and comfortable. I have to confess that the words "32 row repeat" fill me with terror. :)

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  5. You have done a beautiful job, your knitting looks lovely. I really like your colour choice and it looks good on you too.
    Sally xxx

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  6. Good afternoon Una, this is perfect when you just need that extra layer to keep warm at work. It sounds like a good pattern book, i will have to check it out. The photo's could be better but I have the same problem, too many gloomy days to count in my neck of the woods too.
    It is great it worked out a good fit for you, that makes all difference and I'm sure you'll wear this a lot as it looks good on you. Six weeks is pretty good going on the time it took to make, especially as there is a complicated cable pattern to keep track off.
    Great work x

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  7. It looks lovely on you, Una! Congrats on knitting something for yourself that turned out just how you wanted it. As a fellow knitter I know that it doesn't always happen that way. :-)

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  8. It's gorgeous and it looks lovely on you, Una!

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  9. I was just looking up vest patterns last night on Ravelry. I love wearing vests, but mine are all fleece (cozy, but not so pretty). You look great in your vest, it's such a pretty pattern. I enjoy knitting cables very much, such a great detail. Wendy x

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  10. Well done on completing it Una and it fits you perfectly, it's really lovely, whenever I make something for myself I'm never pleased with the finished result. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you will be adding to your wardrobe. :)

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  11. This is very cute - I'm on my way to Ravelry to check out the pattern and the book! Looks good on you :)

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  12. How lovely! It's so nice to finish making something and just know that you'll wear it over and over isn't it :-)

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  13. nice vest ! its great that it turned out how you wanted it! that might not always be an easy goal to reach! I love the color you chose too!
    Take care,
    Lisa

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  14. Love this! The color looks so nice on you as well!

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